Social Networks: Beyond Digital

What is a social network? It’s a widely used term that usually refers to websites like Facebook, Twitter or Google+ in recent times but social networking has been going on ever since sentient beings were able to communicate. As long as there has been social groups we’ve had a network, to think of modern digital social networking as a  fad denies the notion of one of the fundamentals of being alive, the act of communication.

This talk by Harvard professor of Medicine, Health Care Policy, and Sociology Nicholas Christakis at TED2010, shows the power of the social networks around us. He details how physical social networks affect our daily lives including social networks can influence our body size.

This does pose a question, if this is the findings of social networks in our physical life, what affect is digital social networks making to us now?

By Omar Johnson